[00:00.00]From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.
[00:05.67]Having success and being able to meet one’s goals requires knowledge, a sense of direction, hard work and resources.
[00:17.52]Some people might add to that list luck, connections and perhaps a strong belief in yourself.
[00:28.19]We accomplish our goals one step at a time, doing a little each day.
[00:36.27]So, using your day effectively is important.
[00:41.15]On many websites -- from Forbes magazine and Fast Company to health and physical fitness sites -- productivity experts share advice on how to achieve your career and life goals.
[00:58.78]Most of the experts agree on one thing: Starting your day on the right foot is most important.
[01:09.11]Collected from these websites, here are five ideas on how to start your day off right.
[01:19.05]1. Get up an hour early.
[01:22.63]People who get up early in the morning have a jump on the day.
[01:29.72]For starters, they’re awake!
[01:32.92]And some studies show that our willpower and attention span are strongest in the morning.
[01:41.29]In fact, the morning may be the most productive part of your day.
[01:47.01]In American English, we like to say, “The early bird gets the worm.”
[01:53.51]Here, if you’re a bird, the worm is the reward.
[01:58.82]So, this expressions means that people who rise up early have a head start and, therefore, are more likely to succeed.
[02:10.34]Inventor, philosopher and writer Benjamin Franklin would probably agree.
[02:17.27]Americans like to use Franklin’s memorable expressions.
[02:23.45]One of them is “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
[02:32.19]Of course, there are exceptions.
[02:36.25]People who are “night owls” do their best work and their best thinking at night.
[02:44.16]2. Drink a glass of water with lemon juice.
[02:50.39]While your coffee is being prepared or waiting for your tea water to heat up, drink a glass of water with lemon juice.
[03:02.63]Why? Health experts say that drinking a combination of lemon juice and water first thing in the morning jump-starts the body’s metabolism.
[03:15.96]Not only does it jump start your body’s cells, but this kind of drink keeps them moving throughout the day.
[03:27.21]3. Don’t answer email or jump into social media as soon as you get up.
[03:35.30]Your coffee or tea is ready.
[03:39.06]So, you decide to look at your email quickly or open up your Facebook account.
[03:48.08]This is a great way to forget about the day ahead.
[03:52.86]We’ve all done it.
[03:55.62]You see a Facebook post from a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.
[04:01.47]He is angry about some political issue and the heated discussion pulls you in.
[04:09.25]Before you know it, an hour has passed, you’re angry with lawmakers and it’s not even nine in the morning yet!
[04:19.64]You hurry out the door so as not to be late for work.
[04:24.28]This is not the best way to start your day.
[04:33.32]Some people may disagree with this one.
[04:37.29]Exercising in the morning may not be for everyone.
[04:42.02]Some people like to exercise after work or at night.
[04:47.74]Physical fitness experts and trainers often suggest some form of exercise in the morning because the middle of the day is a busy time for most people.
[05:02.12]By the day’s end, you may not have the time or energy to exercise.
[05:08.04]How many times have you finished work and said to yourself, “I’m too tired to exercise! I’ll do it tomorrow.”
[05:17.68]Exercising in the morning prevents that from happening.
[05:22.68]5. Think about your day ... at night.
[05:28.43]Meditate, visualize -- whatever you call it -- take time at the end of the day to think back on all the things that have happened.
[05:40.87]Give thanks, if you want.
[05:43.76]And spend a little time to think about tomorrow.
[05:47.92]Some people who talk about “living in the present” may criticize this.
[05:54.20]But it may you help to prepare if you take a few minutes to think about what you need to do the next day.
[06:04.21]Also, know that your day will probably change.
[06:08.57] You probably won’t have time to do everything you planned.
[06:12.30]But that’s fine. If you did one thing, that means you are one step closer in reaching one of your goals.
[06:22.24]And if you follow this advice, at least you’ve already gotten your exercise out of the way!
[06:30.39]And that’s the Health & Lifestyle report.
[06:33.90]I’m Anna Matteo.
[06:35.42]Which of these tips do you agree with?
[06:39.34]Which ones do you disagree with?
[06:42.11]Do you have other tips or advice on making the most of your day?
[06:47.72]Let us know in the Comments Section.